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Win for Bentley on ADAC GT Masters debut

Intense wheel-to-wheel action and a thrilling three-way battle between Corvette, Bentley and Mercedes-Benz! More than 20,000 cheering fans hailed a new winner as the ADAC GT Masters weekend at Oschersleben reached its climax.

In a keenly contested race, Bentley Team HTP duo Luca Stolz (19, GER) and Jeroen Bleekemolen (33, NL) crowned a debut weekend for their Bentley Continental in the ADAC GT Masters by recording the first victory for the British coupé.

"A great start to the season for us," said a delighted Bleekemolen. "At the start, I lost first position, but we had good tactics with a perfectly timed pit stop."

 

Key facts, etropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, Round 2 of 16

Circuit length: 3,696 metres
Weather: overcast, 21°C
Pole Position: Jeroen Bleekemolen (Bentley Team HTP, Bentley Continental GT3)
Winner: Luca Stolz/Jeroen Bleekemolen (Bentley Team HTP, Bentley Continental GT3)

 

Exciting battle for the lead during entire race

The second round of the ADAC GT Masters on Sunday was tense and full of drama from the start right through to the very last lap. When the lights turned to green, pole-setter Bleekemolen in the Bentley and Ludwig in the Mercedes-Benz fought for right of way into the first turn, while Daniel Keilwitz (25, GER), who had qualified third in the Callaway Competition Corvette, had the last laugh as he passed both the Bentley and the Mercedes-Benz to take the lead.

However, his rivals refused to let him get away with it, and an exciting three-way battle developed which continued unabated in the second stint of the race after the driver changeover. Stolz inherited the lead and secured the first Bentley victory in the ADAC GT Masters when the Corvette had to stop due to a technical problem four laps before the end of the race. This victory was the first success in the ADAC GT Masters for Bentley and also for both Stolz and Bleekemolen.

"My start was good, but unfortunately, a bump with an opponent meant I had to relinquish the lead," said Bleekemolen. "The Corvette was a bit faster to begin with, but I was able to stay in contact. Luca drove a strong race and withstood a lot of pressure. It was lucky for us in the end that the Corvette had to drop out."

Luca Stolz: "I was slightly faster than the Corvette in front of me throughout the whole of the second stint, but I was never quick enough to overtake. I didn't want to risk too much, as I was in second place, but in the end, it was enough for the win. We learned a lot after our bad luck in the first race on Saturday and did everything right today."

 

 

Results from Race 2

1. Stolz/Bleekemolen (Bentley Team HTP, Bentley Continental GT3), 39 laps
2. Sebastian Asch/Luca Ludwig (Team Zakspeed, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3), +5.707 sec
3. Hari Proczyk/Andreas Simonsen (HP Racing, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3), +11.714 sec
4. Christian Engelhart/Klaus Bachler (GW IT Racing Team Schütz Motorsport, Porsche 911 GT3 R), +14.475 sec
5. Claudia Hürtgen/Jesse Krohn (BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert, BMW Z4 GT3), +14.901 sec
6. Stefan Wackerbauer/Kelvin van der Linde (C.Abt Racing, Audi R8 LMS ultra), +15.230 sec
7. Dominik Baumann/Jens Klingmann (BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert, BMW Z4 GT3), +15.645 sec
8. Dominic Jöst/Florian Scholze (MRS GT-Racing, Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3), +15.962 sec
9. Daniel Dobitsch/Edward Sandström (kfzteile24 MS RACING, Audi R8 LMS ultra), +17,.877 sec
10. Remo Lips/Sven Barth (RWT Racing Team, Corvette Z06.R GT3), +23.293 sec